Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Whatever happened to that guy?


Fernando Tatis has signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers, who must still remember the total humiliation he visited on them in a game eight years ago.

This guy is a prime "flash in the pan" kind of player. It's also somewhat amazing the steroid hysterics have not seized on the 1999 season (34 HRs, 109 RBIs) as an example of a guy "who must have been dosing," particularly seeing as he played on the same team as McGwire.

What's certain is that he was completely non-descript except for that one year and especially that one day. He managed to hit two grand slams in the 3rd inning of a game at Chavez Latrine, both off Chan Ho Park. It's astounding to think that Davey Johnson decided that Park should be in a position to give up a 2nd slam to the same guy. Here's how the inning went --

-- D Bragg Single to RF
-- E Renteria Hit By Pitch; Bragg to 2B
-- M McGwire Single to RF (Line Drive to Deep 2B-1B); Bragg to 3B; Renteria to 2B
-- F Tatis Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF); Bragg Scores; Renteria Scores; McGwire Scores
-- J Drew Groundout: 1B-P (1B)
-- E Marrero Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF Line)
-- Placido Polanco pinch hits for David Howard batting 7th
-- P Polanco Walk
-- J McEwing Walk; Polanco to 2B
-- J Jimenez Fielder's Choice /Sacrifice Bunt; Polanco to 3B; McEwing to 2B; Jimenez to 1B
-- D Bragg Reached on E3 (throw) (Ground Ball to Weak 2B-1B); Polanco Scores/No RBI; McEwing to 3B; Jimenez to 2B
-- E Renteria Single to RF (Line Drive to Short RF Line); McEwing Scores/unER; Jimenez to 3B; Bragg to 2B
-- M McGwire Flyball: RF
-- F Tatis Home Run (Fly Ball); Jimenez Scores/unER; Bragg Scores/unER; Renteria Scores/unER; Tatis Scores/unER
Carlos Perez replaces Chan Ho Park pitching and batting 9th
-- J Drew Foul Popfly: 3B (3B-C Foul)

Here's hoping that Tatis keeps on creating misery and suffering for the Dodgers by doing something like making Jason Schmidt break his arm during spring training.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Boof said...

The real beauty of that inning was that toad JD Drew made 2 of the 3 outs when everyone else was acting like it was batting practice. Classic.

1:53 PM  

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